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National Issues, Local Impact

How Indie Lens Pop-Up, filmmakers, and PBS stations gather communities.

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Using Data to Measure Impact

How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?

Engaged hundreds of young men to reduce gender-based violence across India through Women and Girls Lead Global.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. Let's Talk Industry Sustainability at ITVS Independents Summit

    July 11, 2019

    Congratulations to the ITVS Independent Summit participants. We’re thrilled to announce the visionary filmmakers who will be attending this summer’s ITVS Independent Summit, a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry.We will come

  2. Sugar Shakers, Handbags, and Resistance: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

    June 21, 2019

    Placards are pieces of history. They show us verve. They show us wit. They show us pain and personality. They are floating, gripped, vital statements of resistance, rendering the individual voices of protest visible. The protests and riots of our times are documented and extended through social media, creating long-lasting visual histories that live

  3. Visualizing the Modern Digital Age

    June 12, 2019

    In the land of memes, baby photos, and selfies, social media can serve many purposes for users. Social media not only connects friends and families who are wide distances apart but also allows users to author their own stories. The Instagram grid can be an archive of personal growth, while Facebook videos can narrate lived experiences.  For many